WERA/OSPI Annual Conference

Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WERA/OSPI Annual Conference
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Friday, December 01, 2017

Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center
17620 Pacific Highway South
Seattle, Washington 98188
United States

WERA/OSPI Annual Conference

"Here and Now: Using Research and Data to Make Decisions that Matter and
Put Them Into Practice"

November 29-December 1, 2017
November 29 - Pre-Conference Workshops

Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center

Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) present the WERA/OSPI Annual Conference on November 29 - December 1, 2017 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center. The annual conference is also supported by the National Council for Computer Education (NCCE).

All registrants will automatically receive one year WERA membership as a benefit of registering for the Conference.

REGISTER NOW to join your colleagues from across the state for this outstanding event. The conference will feature two nationally known keynote speakers, a Pre-Conference day filled with workshops on topics of particular interest, and two days of breakout presentations from educators across the state. There will be presentations of value for teachers, principals, curriculum specialists, central office staff, and post-secondary educators.

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David Conley, Professor, University of Oregon and founder and president of EdImagine

In the late 1960s, after spending two years in a community college transfer program, Dr. David Conley was accepted at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated from Berkeley with a deep commitment to education, which he viewed as the engine and vehicle by which society can address issues of social injustice. His driving goal became empowering people to fulfill their potential in a society that treats them with dignity and respect. Dr. Conley spent seven years cofounding, codirecting, teaching at, and administering two public alternative schools where he engaged in the radical redesign and rethinking of education. Here he discovered that each student in these schools (most of whom had been previously categorized as failures) had a talent or interest that was not immediately apparent but could serve as a way for them to own their learning and succeed after high school.

Dr. Conley has continued his commitment to education with 20 years in the public education system as a teacher, building-level and central office administrator, and state education department executive. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, before joining the University of Oregon faculty in 1989, where his ongoing research has focused on reshaping the relationship between high schools and colleges. In 2002, he founded EPIC to continue his passionate commitment to bridging the divide between educational systems, enabling more students to be ready for successful learning beyond high school. In October 2014, after more than 45 years as a full-time educational leader occupying multiple roles, Dr. Conley reduced his appointment at the UO and retired from EPIC in order to devote more time to innovative design work through his consulting company, EdImagine. Dr. Conley continues to work as a consultant with EPIC, focusing on strategy development and special projects.

Pedro Noguera, Professor, UCLA  

Pedro NogueraPedro Antonio Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts.

He is the author of 11 books and more than 200 articles and monographs. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular education commentator on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2003–2015), Harvard University (2000–2003), and the University of California, Berkeley (1990–2000). From 2009 to 2012 he served as a trustee for the State University of New York (SUNY) as an appointee of the governor. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education.

Noguera recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and from the McSilver Institute at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.


Pre-Conference (Wed.) (Optional)
$175 before November 1 
$190 November 1 – 20 
$215 after November 20  

Conference (Thur./Fri.) *includes WERA membership
$290 before November 1 
$315 November 1 – 20
$335 after November 20

Pre-Conference = 7
Conference = 11

The Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center is just a Link Light Rail ride from beautiful Downtown Seattle. Enjoy Seattle "the emerald city" surrounded by water, mountains and boasting delicious food. From the top of the Space Needle to the Underground Tour in Pioneer Square you are sure to find new experiences. The city awaits you to explore and enjoy. Visit Seattle’s unique sights at the Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Experience Music Project, Tillicum Village and many more. You’ll be able to plan new adventures so come early or stay for the weekend.  Our hotel group rate can be extended to accommodate your plans, if space is available.
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